Tag Archives: Mark Twain

Pity and Fear and Hamlet

I’m still trying to claw my way back to a normal schedule of Great Books posts; I guess making up one day each week isn’t too bad. This week we pass the 2,500-page mark in Imaginative Literature. Also, with the … Continue reading

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Rationality, Instinct, and Miracles

At long last, I’m able to make this week’s Great Books post, after going close to a week without a decent internet connection. Here are the readings for this week: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Ch. 37-43 (GBWW … Continue reading

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“To Be, or Not to Be; That Is the Bare Bodkin”

It’s another Great Books Monday, and an acid test of my commitment to this project because I’ve had to lug several books on my family vacation. So far, so good! Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Adventures of … Continue reading

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Happiness is a Form of Contemplation

Here we are on another Great Books Monday, and this week we’ll break that 8,000-page barrier I mentioned last week. That includes almost 2,400 pages of imaginative literature, over 1,900 pages of “man and society,” over 1,600 pages of science/mathematics, … Continue reading

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Bad Philosophy Leads to Moral Corruption

It’s Great Books Monday, and this week we’ll come within a whisker of our 8,000th page of reading since January 2011. Things sure do add up after awhile. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn … Continue reading

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How Would Aristotle Describe YOUR Friendships?

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and I’d like to note that in this program’s most difficult genre (for me), science and mathematics, we’re going to pass the 1,600-page mark this week. But if you’re just joining us, don’t despair; … Continue reading

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How to Stare Death in the Face with Style

It’s Great Books Monday, and this week we begin reading the granddaddy of them all. Get ready for the author widely regarded as the fountainhead of the Western literary tradition! The Odyssey of Homer, Books I-IV (GBWW Vol. 3, pp. … Continue reading

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Radioactive Shrews and BFF’s

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I expect most of you gentlemen are wooing more like Lucentio than Petruchio; I hope you ladies are receiving your gentleman’s attentions more like Bianca than Katharina! Here are the readings for the upcoming week: “Mowgli’s … Continue reading

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Dung Beetles and a Townful of Liars

If you aren’t following along with the readings I’m posting each Monday, let me tell you that you are missing out on some great stuff. Here are the selections for the upcoming week: “The Killers” by Ernest Hemingway (Vol. 2, … Continue reading

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On Being Intelligent and Stuff

It’s Great Books Monday here at the Western Tradition. Here are the readings for the coming week: “Of Truth” by Francis Bacon (Vol. 10, pp. 346-347) “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain (Vol. 2, pp. 346-386) The English … Continue reading

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